Public Policy

Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy


The Avalon Project, supported by Yale University, houses a huge database of digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.  This site is highly recommended for research papers for both United States Government and American History courses.   




Public Policy Think Tanks:


American Enterprise Institute {}

The AEI is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to public policy research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. Founded in 1943, AEI's purposes are to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism--limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.

Brookings Institute {}

BI was created in 1916 as a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative public policy solutions.  Brookings's goal is to provide high-quality analysis and recommendations for decision-makers in the U.S. and abroad on the full range of challenges facing an increasingly interdependent world.

Cato Institute {}

Cato, which was founded in 1977, maintains traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.  The institute is a think tank for study on public policy and holds to a Libertarian view which is often associated with Classical Liberalism.


Center for Democracy & Technology {}

The CDT, founded in 1994, works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. The center's focus is on law and policy in relation to global communications and technology, while promoting free expression and privacy in today's age of information.


Center for Economic & Policy Research {}

CEPR conducts both professional research and public education oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies.


Center for Media and Democracy {}

The nonprofit Center for Media and Democracy strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, media "of, by and for the people."


Claremont Institute {}

The Institute was founded in 1979 for the study of political philosophy and to restore the original principles of the American Founding fathers.


Federalist Society {}

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.


Heritage Foundation {}

Founded in 1973, the Foundation is a research and educational think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Hoover Institution at Stanford University {}

Founded in 1959 and named after Herbert Hoover, this think tank emulates the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government, fundamental to the vision of the Institution's founder.

Howe Institute {}

Founded in 1958 under the name, Private Planning Association of Canada, this Canadian think tank focuses its research on business, organized labor, associations, the professions, and interested individuals.  The name was later changed in 1961 to memorialize the Right Honourable Clarence Decatur Howe.  Keep in mind that Canada is a more Socialist system than the United States in economics and political thinking.


Hudson Institute {}

Founded in 1961 by a futurist, Herman Kahn, this think tank continues to maintain a future oriented approach to research.  Hudson sees the complexities within societies, and maintains a focus on the often-overlooked interplay among culture, demography, technology, markets, and political leadership.  Dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom, the Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law.


Independent Institute

The Institute mission is to transcend the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefine the debate over public issues, and foster new and effective directions for government reform.


Ludwig von Mises Institute {}

Following in the intellectual tradition of Ludwig von Mises, the Institute is a research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics.


National Center for Policy Analysis {}

NCPA is a non-profit public policy research institute seeking innovative private sector solutions to public policy problems


National Bureau of Economic Research {}

The nation's leading economic research organization posts working papers, data, and other economic resources for business professionals, public policy makers, and the academic community.

Public Agenda {}

Public Agenda was founded in 1975 to research public policy and opinion.  The organization aids in educating citizens about policy issues so that they can make thoughtful, informed decisions in voting for leaders and to inform leaders of the public's point of view through polling.



Professional Journals & Associations:


American Journal of Political Science {}


American Political Science Association {}

Founded in 1903, the APSA is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.  The organization brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academia in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.


Reviews in American History {}


Dictionary of the Social Sciences {}


Economagic {}

This site was started in 1996 and offers economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting.


Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research {}

Supported by the University of Michigan, the ICPSR is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research.  The Consortium, founded in 1962, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. 



International Organizations:


European Union


Global Policy Organization


G8 Summit


International Criminal Court Coalition


International Monetary Fund


North Atlantic Treaty Organization


United Nations


World Bank

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